It’s become a fact of life that fear follows you as a woman. Fear of safety, fear of getting
something wrong, fear of misinterpretation, fear of being labeled, fear of failure (because it can follow, because it could feasibly affect everything else you do forever), just plain fear.
I grew up well aware of my place in the world as a child, as a girl, then as a teen, and a woman, that at any given point something could happen that could upset the apple cart forever. Horror movies and stories only amplified it.
And yet they still intrigued me. There was something about monsters, about dark urban legends, about the horror genre that felt subversive. At some point, instead of focusing on being perpetually afraid, I started focusing on the things causing the fear. I favor paranormal, because that usually serves up some amazing metaphors, and I like the distance provided between it and everyday life. I love exploring why characters might do the things they do, love terrorizing them with some well-placed machinations. I also love that nothing is easy – a lot of the time, the things that set off the moments that my characters consider life-ruining very well happen in part because of them. It’s a great avenue to explore characters and creepy creatures alike, as well as take a look at some really complex situations without the burden of trying to figure them out.
And if I manage to scare the hell out of some people in the meantime? So much the better.
About the Author: Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little when she wondered if fairies lived in the nearby state park and worried that vampires hid in the old barns outside of town. Her appreciation for a good story was enhanced by a love of reading, the many talented storytellers that surrounded her, and a healthy curiosity for everything. A talent for warping everything she learned didn’t hurt, either. Everything she does feeds the idea machine and she often finds a story in the strangest of places. She gravitates to writing fantasy and horror but will give any genre a chance if the idea is good enough. Her work has appeared in the winter 2012 issue of The MacGuffin, issue three and five of The Realm Beyond, and the back to school issue of Stories for Children Magazine. She has also contributed to multiple anthologies including The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil, the upcoming Thunder on the Battlefield, and the upcoming Bedtime Stories for Girls. She has multiple e-books with Mocha Memoirs Press, including Holly and Ivy and The Other Man. Olde School, the first book in The Kingdom City Chronicles will be out later this year with Seventh Star Press. Catch up with Selah in the following places:Blog – http://www.selahjanel.wordpress.comFacebook – http://www.facebook.com/authorSJTwitter – http://www.twitter.com/SelahJanelGoodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/selahjanel